County Fair Sketches

I attended the (Ohio) Fulton County Fair
a couple of times, and managed to
get some sketching done.  I used a 
Sharpie pen, Prismacolor watercolor
pencils, and a water brush. After finishing
the goat sketch, above, I began second-
guessing my rendering of the goat's legs,
and their proportion.(see my notes
on the page, click to enlarge)
 I tried to focus on the face, and awareness
 of the page layout. I want to break up
 the space on the page in an interesting way.

I signed up for Roz Stendahl's on-line class called
which you can learn more about on her blog,
Roz Wound Up.  I like that the class is "at
your own pace," as life has a tendency to throw interesting situations at us at 
unexpected moments.  So far, I am learning
a lot about how to make a variety of page
styles, the impact of how the text is placed
on the page, and the impact of dark and
light areas in the overall composition. A lot
to think about, but it gets easier and more
intuitive with lots of practice!

Animals tend to move around...especially
just as you are trying to capture a 
particular feature! This cute Netherland 
Dwarf Rabbit was so fluffy, his face reminded
me of a toy teddy bear.  Of course he hopped
to the opposite side of the cage about half-way
through the drawing.

I'm still faithfully jotting down notes
and drawing in my Hobonich Techo.
Here's one of the days we went to
the fair. Entries were drawn before we
left, and then the next day.

Hoping to get back in the swing of posting
to the blog more regularly.  Trouble with
technology, and life transitions can make 
it difficult.  Daily art journaling helps
 keep me sane. Or, at least what
 passes for sane at our house! We all
have our own quirks...

Tomatoes in my Techo

Last week you saw the unfinished page
with the tomatoes.  Here is the finished page,
above left. (click on any image for larger view)

On Tuesday, after visiting my blogging 
buddies, hubby and I went out for Mexican
food and then for a walk. Hubby said I was a
"slave driver"...especially since it was 
90 degrees F outside. We walked on a trail
that has been reclaimed from an old railroad
line, called Tall Grass Prairie.  We were 
pretty wiped out after walking two miles 
out and then two miles back.

We are delighted that an owl has moved
into our area. It likes to perch in our 
cottonwoods, and on top of our "swing set"
made from old telephone poles. We still aren't
sure what kind it is...

We have finally gotten some rain, after over
a month without any. Hopefully it is just in time
to benefit the crops. Several more days of 
rain are predicted, but it's been very 'spotty.'
Pours in one place, then a mile down 
the road, nothing!

Linking up for T Tuesday, with a sketch
of my morning mocha, and an oat bran 
cereal recipe.  Stop over to Elizabeth's
blog and see what adventures in dining,
crafts, art, cooking, or decorating might be
shared. You just never know what will be
going on, but there's always a beverage
offered, and enjoyment to be had.
Join us!

Hobonichi Techo on Tuesday

Tea (or coffee) and a muffin~
joining up with Elizabeth and friends

sharing the doodles and drawings
in my Hobonichi Techo planner/diary/
visual journal/thingy!
(Click on any image to enlarge) 

I confess...I play a lot of 'catching up...'
in this journal.

When you are over 60, do Zumba
 with caution!  But it's so fun...

I don't usually shop for myself in the
men's department, but I had been wanting
a pair of cargo pants to wear for hiking.
Marked down to $5...couldn't pass it up!
And perfect to wear to the Ohio State Fair
the next day...

It's a tradition at the State Fair to have the
 Butter Cow sculpture every year. It's been
 going on since the early 1900's. The Butter
 Cow is kept in a big cooler in the Dairy Barn,
with glass doors so it can easily be viewed.
The cooler is kept at about 45 degrees.
It was about 90 degrees outside at the
 fairgrounds the day we visited!

And this is the current condition of
the next two pages in my Techo...lest 
you think I am always current!!

Keeping an illustrated journal does encourage
me to look at my day in a creative way...
and to try to think of something positive
that came out of it.  I think focusing on the 
positive makes one a happier person.
What do you think?

 Supplies used in my Hobonichi Techo: 
vintage wallpaper, assorted pens, highlighters, watercolor pencils,
 water brush, Sharpie pen, Washi tape, painted papers, stickers, Tacky glue.

Swap Pages from Norma

Lots of photos today, so bear with
me!  Received gorgeous pages from
Norma in California, in this last month
of our Page Swap.  Norma doesn't have
a blog that I know of, but her work is
very lovely! Click on any image
for a larger view. Above, fancy pink
alphabet cards in a translucent pocket.

Love the buttons, lace and rick-rack
detail at the bottom of this page!

Some historical facts about the
nursery rhyme "Mary, Mary quite contrary..."

There are a lot of fun games with
numbers and words!

"In my own words," includes a beautiful
little book with a stunning painted paper
cover.  There are copper, gold, and 
silver metallic paints in the mix...

The inside pages have been decorated
with stamps and paper fun!
Can't wait to write in it...

"Mary, Mary" in Braille, with
a vintage image of "pretty maids
in a row."

I love Scrabble!

The tag is not shown to best advantage
in this scan.  It has crushed white tissue 
paper with gold filaments and gold doilies.
So pretty, but the scanner didn't do it
justice.  I wanted to also show the 
wonderful assortment of stamps on the

Since I had family here all week for
vacation, I didn't get much time to draw.
I made a few notes each day about 
what we did, and then went back later
to add some drawings. Zootopia was
a really cute movie.

My week was really busy with cooking
and lots of activities...but you will see my
coffee cup above...and the sketch of pancakes.
Linking up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth
for T Tuesday. Feel free to read all the text,
as I don't post anything too personal.

Last week in my Techo, I wrote about
buying peaches from the Georgia Peach Truck.
We went through the entire 1/2 bushel
of peaches this week! and they were 
mostly eaten fresh. My son did grill some
 with brown sugar and cinnamon...
served with ice cream, they were so good!

If you've made it this far, thanks for
staying for all the photos! Hop over to
visit the rest of the T Tuesday gang, to
see what they're up to.

Word and Number Play

 Art Swap pages that I received
from Elizabeth. My theme was
"Word and Number Play."  I
love that Elizabeth attached ink pen
nibs to the fibers on the tag!

"J" is for Junk...
an obvious source for 
mixed media art!

True Grit~ there is a sand paper
type of texture to the squares!

"B" is for Beautiful...

and Ball.

"A" to...

This is so cool in
real life!  Very heavy metal
zipper contrasting with the short
lightweight zipper...

T-A-G, with a great
"shrinky dink" image on
the vintage text tag.

3 Faces...

Great vintage flash cards...

this pocket actually swings open
to reveal more images of 
alphabet blocks.

I keep looking at this and thinking...
(heavy) metal music!
This page flips open (the fold is 
concealed beneath the black lace tape)
and the word music is spelled out in
chipboard letters on the back.
I haven't seen music flash cards 
before...brilliant! The tree on the left is
embossed on metal...

Elizabeth really spoiled me with the
abundant pages she sent -- with tags...
flaps...and flash cards!

Elizabeth did say she got pretty
tired of using the color pink...
but I love it!

Since I have family visiting this
week from out of state, it will take me
a few days to visit all the blog hop
participants for T Tuesday...
but I will stop by.

I think I need to make a page
for this swap book that says
"Fun and Fabulous!"
Thanks so much to all of the swap
participants ~ you've been so

Next week, I will share what
I've received from Norma.